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  • Blood and Gutsby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2003; Not Available

    Mankind's battle to stay alive is the greatest of all subjects. This brief, witty and unusual book by Britain's greatest medical historian compresses into a tiny span a lifetime spent thinking about millennia of human ingenuity in the quest to cheat death. Each chapter sums up one of these battlefields (surgery, doctors, disease, hospitals, laboratories... more...

  • The Confinement of the Insaneby Roy Porter; David Wright

    Cambridge University Press 2003; US$ 43.00

    2003 collection of international essays exploring the rise of the lunatic asylum in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. more...

  • Dictionary of the History of Scienceby William F. Bynum; E. Janet Browne; Roy Porter

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 84.50

    For readers interested in the development of major scientific concepts and the role of science in the western world, here is the first conceptually organized historical dictionary of scientific thought. The purpose of the dictionary is to illuminate this history by providing a concise, single volume reference book of short historical accounts of the... more...

  • Rewriting the Selfby Roy Porter

    Taylor and Francis 2002; US$ 48.95

    A lively and controversial exploration of ideas of the self in the western cultural tradition from the Renaissance to the present. Highly esteemed contributors analyse differing models of personal identity from a variety of perspectives. more...

  • Patients and Practitionersby Roy Porter

    Cambridge University Press 1986; US$ 47.00

    The essays in this volume provide an unusual historical perspective on the experience of illness. more...

  • Disease, Medicine and Society in England, 1550?1860by Roy Porter

    Cambridge University Press 1995; US$ 26.00

    A short but authoritative study of disease, medicine and their impact on English society. more...

  • Flesh in the Age of Reasonby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    'As an introduction to early modern thinking and the impact of past ideas on present lives, this book can find few equals and no superiors. Porter is a witty, humane writer with an extraordinary vocabulary and a sparkling sense of fun. Whether he is quoting from obscure medical texts or analysing scabrous diaries, dishing the dirt on long-dead bigwigs... more...

  • Enlightenmentby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; Not Available

    For generations the traditional focus for those wishing to understand the roots of the modern world has been France on the eve of the Revolution. Porter certainly acknowledges France's importance, but here makes an overwhelming case for consideringBritain the true home of modernity - a country driven by an exuberance, diversity and power of invention... more...

  • The Penguin Social History of Britainby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2001; Not Available

    A portrait of 18th century England, from its princes to its paupers, from its metropolis to its smallest hamlet. The topics covered include - diet, housing, prisons, rural festivals, bordellos, plays, paintings, and work and wages. more...

  • Londonby Roy Porter

    Penguin Books Ltd 2000; Not Available

    'Roy Porter, a historian of formidable range, turns to urban history in this marvellously lucid, informative and passionate book... Porter's facts are always at the service of the narrative, which has a finely maintained momentum, balancing statistics with the words of historians, diarists and novelists, poets and churchmen: Pepys, Boswell, Fielding,... more...